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Chinese manufacturer unveils Samsung Galaxy S3, iPhone 5 rival

Chinese firm Xiaomi has unveiled a new handset called the Mi-Two which sees the debut of Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, the APQ8064, which has four Krait cores clocked at 1.5GHz, 2MB L2 cache as well as the Adreno 320 GPU which is clocked at 533MHz.

There’s also 2GB of LPDDR2 RAM, 16GB onboard storage with a microSD card slot, a 4.3in IPS display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, Wi-Fi display, a 3.9mm bezel, a massive 3000mAh battery, an 8-megapixel camera, a front facing one and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (rather than Ice Cream Sandwich) with a proprietary MI user interface.

The real surprise though is the fact that Xiaomi has managed to price the phone at only 1,999 Hong Kong Dollars or around £200 inc. VAT when it goes on sale in October.

That’s less than half the price of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and a 60 per cent less than the iPhone 4S.

It has yet to be confirmed whether the phone will be available outside Hong Kong and indeed whether it will go on sale in the UK. Maybe Expansys, Clove or Handtec should look into getting it over our shores.

Source: Xiaomi

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